Pay Me Now or Pay Me Later

Junkyard CarProcrastinating and putting something off, the longer the wait the greater the consequences, the greater the costs

I never worry about action, but only about inaction.  Winston Churchill

The price of inaction is far greater than the cost of making a mistake. Meister Eckhart

Nobody ever did, or ever will, escape the consequences of his choices. Alfred Monapert  

  Sometimes we face circumstances requiring action. Failure to take prompt action now will very likely create consequences that become more costly, painful and punitive the longer we wait. Our choice is to pay now or pay even more, later. The longer we wait, the more it is going to cost us.

    Pay me now or pay me later was a line used in an old oil filter commercial. The setting was in a garage. The message was to take action and change the oil now, or suffer consequences of the greater cost of having engine problems later. Life is full of circumstances similar in nature. We find ourselves in situations that warrant prompt action. If we act now, addressing current issues timely and appropriately, we avoid escalating and worsening conditions that can become even more costly, difficult or even life threatening. The possibilities can range from avoiding late fees for not paying bills timely, to allowing a pre-cancerous skin blemish to become full blown, life threatening cancer. A better choice is to resist temptations to procrastinate by taking swift and appropriate action. The alternative is; the longer we wait the greater the pain we suffer for our failing to take action.

     Some of us have problems with procrastination, laziness, disorganization, sloppiness and other similar undesirable traits. These undesirables have costs and consequences. Our weaknesses cost us time and money as well as varying degrees of pain and misery. Some of us rationalize and justify ourselves by such excuses as lack of time, money, space and others. Instead of changing for the better, we continue to follow the same old patterns and habits that have plagued us for as long as we can remember. Albert Einstein is remembered for having said, “The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results”.

    We have to break our old patterns of behavior to make significant and positive changes for the better. When in circumstances requiring action, we should take the appropriate action now, not later. The greater the potential consequences for failing to act promptly, the greater should be our sense of urgency for acting immediately. This is not rocket science. It is Common Sense 101. Pay attention to the matter now, or suffer even greater consequences later. Every time we take prompt action, it makes it easier to act appropriately the next time.

Challenge: There are always consequences for failing to do what needs to be done. It costs you in time, money, inconvenience and even affects your joy and happiness. Overcoming bad traits and habits requires taking control, being responsible, and exercising self discipline. You will reap the benefits of holding yourself accountable or you will continue to suffer the consequences of not doing what needs to be done. The choice is yours to make.

Wisdom: It will generally be found that men who are constantly lamenting their ill luck are only reaping the consequences of their own neglect, mismanagement, and improvidence, or want of application. S. Smiles  

Spiritual: (NIV)

The path of the righteous is like the fist gleam of dawn shining ever brighter till the full light of day. Prov.4:18

The sluggard craves and gets nothing, but the desires of the diligent are fully satisfied. Proverbs 13:4

He will teach us his ways, so that we may walk in his paths? Isaiah 2:3

Life places many demands on us; ranging from the ordinary, such as paying bills to the more advanced such as planning for retirement.  Procrastinating or acting irresponsibly does not excuse us. Responsibility and accountability goes a long way to having more enriching and enjoyable lives. We are not here to vegetate; we are here to do something with our lives. God holds us accountable for being good stewards of his precious gifts. 

Prayer: Help me to be more focused, motivated and more disciplined in how I live my life.

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